Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Studio Arts Faculty

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Billy Friebele he/him/his Studio Arts Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Visual Arts

MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
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Billy Friebele is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection between digital, kinetic, and sculptural forms. Billy was a Hamiltonian Artist Fellow and one of the first makers-in-residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Central to his research and teaching are a concern for the tension between our mediated digital experience and the materiality of the environment. He has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Art Museum of the Americas, the Katzen Center for the Arts, and the Kreeger Museum among other venues nationally and internationally. Billy earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Billy Friebele is an Associate Professor of Art at Loyola University Maryland.

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Mary Beth Akre she/her/hers On Sabbatical 2023-2024 Academic Year | Professor of Visual Arts

MFA, Radford University

Mary Beth Akre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts from Radford University. Expressive landscape is her main area of interest and art heroes include Wolf Kahn, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jim Dine. Her paintings can be found in private, corporate, and public collections throughout the United States.

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Noelle Dichiera she/her/hers Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Media

M.A., University of Baltimore

After earning an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts and Photography, Noelle Dichiera pursued her passion for art, technology, and science through the Master of Arts in Integrated Design program at the University of Baltimore. Noelle has been teaching graphic design, graphic design history, web design, and digital media classes at Loyola University for over 20 years.

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Christopher Lonegan, Ph.D. he/him/his Assistant Teaching Professor of Studio Arts

Ph.D., Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Christopher Lonegan studied painting, philosophy and art history at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts, earning a multidisciplinary BFA. He received an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Critical Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. His studio work involves narrative images, and he has written and presented papers on the philosophy of art, interdisciplinary curriculum design, and the philosophical history of anatomical Illustration. Professor Lonegan teaches intertextual studio classes at Loyola University.

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Nguyen Khoi Nguyen he/him/his Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Media

B.A., Bard College

Teaching Areas: Video I, Video II, Animation & Motion Graphics, Multimedia Storytelling, Graphics I

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Isa Gold she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Studio Arts

MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Teaching Areas: Two-Dimensional Art

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Giulia Livi she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Studio Arts

MFA, Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art

Katie Peck
Katie Peck she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Studio Arts

MFA, Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art

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Janet Maher she/her/hers Professor Emerita of Studio Arts

MFA, University of New Mexico

Janet Maher has been a prolific exhibiting artist for more than four decades. Her prints, drawings, artist books, collages, assemblages, digital images and works in clay are in many public and private collections. She is a member of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly in Rhode Island, a Signature Member of the National Collage Society, and a member of the South County Art Association, Jamestown Arts Center, Warwick Center for the Arts and College Book Art Association.

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Faculty

Natka Bianchini, Ph.D.

A professor of theatre, Dr. Bianchini helps students discover what ignites their passion

Visual & Performing Arts
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Academic Opportunities

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Student troupes explore the world of theater, and gain production experience, and bring classic and contemporary works to life on Loyola's stage.